Got to playing about with the little doodle & it seems to have grown legs. Seemed like a bit of a winning formula, Geeky vehicle + pilot/driver + bit of geeky trivia. So I’ve started up my own wee project. Men & motors (geek mythology).
The speeder bike
George Lucas originally had the idea as just a rocket propelled scooter. The bikes were shot against bluescreen whilst the scenery behind appeared to move at 100mph through a forest in endor it was infact filmed in california on a steady cam moving through the forest at 5mph shooting 1 frame per second then speeded up to 24.
This is taken from the rather camp TV series that ran from 1966-1968 before die hard batman fans decided it was just too silly and was taken off the air. The car itself is a superficially modified concept car, the Lincoln Futura. This batmobile was turned around in just 3 weeks with the cost of around US$30,000. Sale value at the time in 1966 would have had it at around US$125,000, today it’s estimated value is around US$2 million.